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GR5 Day 12 - On the Piste & Night of Luxury

GR5 Day 12 - On the Piste & Night of Luxury

 Du col du Palet - Refuge de la leisse

Slept surprisingly well considering law breaking activities, but were up and off before the sun came over the mountains just in case there was a hidden park ranger about.

Today's walk took us out of the national park and into ski resorts, now we can't slag of ski resorts as we both love skiing but I do agree in the summer they are butt ugly, so from beauty we descended into the beast of Tignes and Val Claret. However urban sprawl does allow the wild camper to restock on supplies and they do have a very nice disabled toilet with sink and hot water, which we used to our full advantage to get ourselves and our meagre  clothing clean.

 Port is an essential hiking food. 

Port is an essential hiking food. 

So refreshed in every sense of the word we decided to divert off the GR5 and take the GR55 high level route back through the heart of the Vanoise national park, this is a more remote and wilder section and will also save us 2 days of walking which might come in handy if our limbs give out and require additional rest. 

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It was a decision well made as the landscape was stunning although not quite the isolation it promised as its a French national holiday so it was pretty busy on some sections.

Many hours of walking through glaciers and valleys, past lakes and waterfalls, looking for potential and well hidden wild camp spots (remember it's illegal).

Our legs were weary and our feet sore, the skies were darkening and the wind was picking up  - not mine. So we chanced a refuge and yup, this time there was room at the inn.

 Refuge De La Leisse

Refuge De La Leisse

So tonight we have a bed and shower and someone else will cook dinner.

Things I have learnt:

When you think you are near the top never look up it will only depress you.

Never say ' as long as it's not pasta for tea ' because guess what it will be pasta .

Sign posts with timings on them lie - it will say an hour but it will take you 3

A refuge bed will always mean you will be sleeping very closely with strangers ... Do not kick stranger in face in middle of night when trying to get out of your sleeping bag, they will not be happy.

We finally caught up with Alison the navy seal .

Du col du Palet - Refuge de la leisse

GR5 Day 13 - Beauty Before The Storm

GR5 Day 13 - Beauty Before The Storm

GR5 Day 11 - Breaking The Law

GR5 Day 11 - Breaking The Law